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# excel – Simplify COUNTIFS Formula

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Questions:
``````  A  B  C  D
1 Y  Y  Y  "332212"
2 Y  N  Y  "231223"
3 N  Y  Y  "122131"
4 Y  Y  Y  "231132"
``````

Column A, B and C indicate whether a test was completed (Y=yes, N=no).

The test is in two-parts and column D holds the results:

• the first two digits of column D hold the results for column A, i.e. “AA—-“
• the middle two digits of column D hold the results for column B, i.e. “–BB–“
• the last two digits of column D hold the results for column C, i.e. “—-CC”

I am trying to separately count the cells in column A, B and C containing a Y that:

• contain 22, 23 or 32, in the appropriate position of column D
• contain 11, 12, 21, 13 or 31, in the appropriate position of column D

I have the following which works, but I am curious whether there’s a simpler way to accomplish the same:

``````=COUNTIFS(A,"=Y",D,"=22*")   + COUNTIFS(A,"=Y",D,"=23*")   + COUNTIFS(A,"=Y",D,"=32*")
+COUNTIFS(B,"=Y",D,"=??22*") + COUNTIFS(B,"=Y",D,"=??23*") + COUNTIFS(B,"=Y",D,"=??32*")
+COUNTIFS(C,"=Y",D,"=*22")   + COUNTIFS(C,"=Y",D,"=*23")   + COUNTIFS(C,"=Y",D,"=*32")

=COUNTIFS(A,"=Y",D,"=1*")    + COUNTIFS(A,"=Y",D,"=?1*")
+COUNTIFS(B,"=Y",D,"=???1*") + COUNTIFS(B,"=Y",D,"=???1*")
+COUNTIFS(C,"=Y",D,"=*1")    + COUNTIFS(C,"=Y",D,"=*?1")
``````
How to&Answers:

If I understand you question correctly, you can seperate column d using the mid function

=mid(column d, 1, 2) will give you the first two digits in column d…. =mid( column d, 2, 2) the second 2, etc.

you can count from there.

### Answer：

I suggest parsing a copy of ColumnD with Text to Columns (Fixed width: “|nn|nn|nn| ) and:

in I1: `=IF(AND(A1="Y",OR(E1=22,E1=23,E1=32)),1,"")`
in N1: `=IF(AND(A1="Y",OR(E1=11,E1=12,E1=21,E1=13,E1=31)),1,"")`

each copied across two columns to the right and down to suit, then something like `=SUM(I1:K4)` and `=SUM(N1:P4)`. 